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Undergraduate studies

This is an exciting time to be in physics. New materials are being developed that are challenging some of the basic concepts of condensed matter physics. We are at the threshold of being able to rearrange the bonds of molecules at will. The earliest moments of creation are now being actively studied, leading to discoveries about the mass, structure and expansion of the universe that were unknown as recently as 5 years ago. We are learning how to use quantum mechanics to design computers that – if successful – will be as different from modern computers as modern computers differ from the abacus. These are only a few of the exciting developments in physics that await you at the University of Waterloo.

The demand for physicists in government, industry and academia is at an all-time high. Upon graduating, our students are fully prepared to take the best advantage of these exciting new career opportunities. Come explore our website and find out where you might fit in.

CAP university prize exam

This exam is held once a year, at the beginning of February, and is written by Physics undergraduate students from across the country. If you like a challenge and a bit of competition you are encouraged to write this exam. As you would already be aware, we are holding practice sessions once a week to help sharpen your physics skills for this. If you wish to participate in these sessions please email H. Peemoeller and follow the announcements in this connection (these are being sent to you via email).

See additional information about the exam.

See exams from previous years.

See the CAP Professional Physicist Examination for the date. Time and place TBA